@faheem As you may recall, I was one of the “chosen” who was not allowed to turn it off. When they fixed that, AirBNB had just made it clear that those with IB would be more likely to filter to the top of the list. So, I chickened out and didn’t turn it off. Now, please remember, I have only done this AirBNB thing for about 6 months, so my experiences aren’t based on a long lifespan. So far, my IB guests have not been any different than the others.
Last month, as I was totally reservation less, I changed my setting to allow people who were verified but had no reviews to book IB, and the rate of bookings has increased. It is rather a pleasant surprise to wake to a reservation having been made while I sleep but folks in Australia are wide awake.
I am getting more of the type of reservations I prefer for this summer. Longer stays, fewer people in the group [i.e. only one bed to make]… and my rate per night is higher. I have enough stellar reviews now that I feel that my new price point is justifiable, and it appears that others agree. Thank goodness I wasn’t sucked in by AirBNB earlier this month to reduce my price to their suggested price.